Sam Mathers grew up in Raglan, New Zealand. He Has traveled and lived all over the world working as a full time artist. Sam held his first solo exhibition in Raglan in 2011 where he was spotted by Antonio Navas, Saatchi & Saatchi’s Art Director who commissioned him to paint a mural for the ad agency’s foyer, which was completed in 2011.
His career as a full time artist had begun. Since then Sam has exhibited in numerous group art shows worldwide. Sam’s Art is now sought after by serious Art collectors in New Zealand and international collectors. Sam continues with his exhibitions in New Zealand and works on personal and commercial commissioned Art works in New Zealand and around the world.
My works are a visual diary of my travels in New Zealand and around the world – the way I see and experience these places. They document the iconic and instantly recognizable as well as the odd and interesting. I am fascinated by the back-story – the cultural history behind the well-known images, along with scientific rules and the mechanics of how things work. I explore these ideas within a graphic sensibility and play with scale, depth, text, current and old media, languages, currencies and slang to create multi-layers of meaning – the opportunity for each viewer to find and connect with something different. I deliberately create scratches, paint drips and weather-beaten marks to add character and a natural look, while using a colour palette that resonates with Me at the time.